Education: Harvard University, MLA; Wellesley Collge BA
Leena Cho is co-principal of Kutonotuk, an award-winning research and design practice based in Rotterdam, NL and Charlottesville, VA. Her practice investigates spatial typologies that emerge from a broad array of interrelated forces – scientific, ecological, economic, political, cultural, and technological – that influence and shape the built and natural environment. Her current research focuses on the management of land-water dynamics, urban and landscape transformation of the arctic, and pre-cinematic visual simulation techniques, and has been featured in major international publications such as Domus, Shinkenchiku, Topos, ELA and Conditions. Most recently, she was the winner of Europan 11 in Vienna – the prestigious competition for young designers for sites across Europe.
Cho received her B.A. from Wellesley College and M.L.A. with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she was awarded the Jacob Weidenman Prize for excellence in design, Studio Best for outstanding design studio projects, and Penny White Fellowship for her research in arctic landscape. Merging her interests in landscape, ecology and public works, she has practiced at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in Cambridge, MA and at Maxwan Architects & Urbanists in Rotterdam, NL as a project leader and principal landscape designer on internationally renowned landscape, urban design and infrastructure masterplan projects in North America, Europe and Asia.